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want to ask about the president -- the games that washington plays and this is just washington and it's -- there is still talking as if the president is not the head of the government, that almost 60% of americans think. i think it's higher than that. it's terribly dysfunctional. mark halperin, at some point isn't there a disconnect between the president that owns washington, d.c., lock, stock, and barrel and the president that talks about, oh, you people in washington, that's just the way that washington -- you -- every day, they do that every day. oh, you silly washington people. you know, the problem is that the people in washington -- you washington people. >> i think that's a problem and i think there are two related problems. another one, they have played the washington game. they made a back room deal with the pharmaceutical industry. been involved with the dirt of the legislative process, and the other problem is, to some extent you have to play the washington game, and to some extent by turning their noses up at it, they've alienated a lot of washington. that may not be attra
the washington game is after a tough election like you had last week in massachusetts is to say, well, what must we have here? some white houses in the past have had big shakeups and you decided in the obama white house to give a bigger role to david mruf. he will now take a bigger role outside of the white house and keeping a closer eye on public opinion and senate and house races across the country. there are some, david, who are saying what about inside the white house? shouldn't we have a shakeup there. this is an administration that has been too differential in crafting policy and some would say too close with wall street and not close enough with main street. do you need to shake up your inside team? >> that is part of the washington game. washington loves to throw out a body. nothing that gets washington more excited than the prospect of someone losing their job. the fact is that we have a wonderful group in the white house that is working really hard and david, as value added, we love him and off writing a book for a year and we're happy to have his talents back with us on a more regular
attack and threatened more terrorism. tara mergener is in washington with details. tara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. that's right, authorities are not sure if that is, in fact, the voice of osama bin laden, but they say the tone is alarming. >> our at that time tacks on you will continue -- >> reporter: in what's believed to be the latest message from osama bin laden, the most wanted man in the world takes some of the credit for the botched christmas day bombing and vows to strike again. the al qaeda leader directly addresses president obama saying the plot was supposed to inflict the same kind of terror as 9/11. he threatens to unleach more attacks if the u.s. does not end its support of israel. >> this is a message for the american people. this is a message that unless you change your foreign policy, we're going continue attacking you. >> this is somebody that has to pop up in our lives over and audiotape because he's nothing but a cowardly murderous thug and terrorist. >> reporter: some analysts are especially troubled by bin laden's language in the latest message. >>
up with the nation about it. but i will -- that's part of the game, john, that washington plays, which is would you, might you, so on and so forth. i will not do that here. let's wait and see, first of all, if there is such a commission, because it's a proposal that has not been embraced by the congress. and let's see what a bipartisan effort to deal with these deficits will produce. by the way, if anybody has a plan to do this without raising any taxes on anybody, you know upper income or lower or below, then they should come forward with it. nobody wants to raise taxes. >> you call it the washington game, part of what you call the washington game is after a tough election like last week in massachusetts, to say what must we have here? some white houses in the past have had big shake ups. you want to give a bigger role to your partner in the obama campaign, he will take a big role outside of the white house, and keep a closer eye on the public opinion and senator races across the country. this is an administration that has been too deferential to congress in crafting policy, an
concerns about what washington is doing to create jobs. >> so long as i have the privilege of serving as your president, i will not stop fighting for you. i'll take my lumps but i won't stop fighting to bring back jobs here. >> what does the president do now? how will he frame his agenda during next week's state of the union address? senior white house adviser valerie jarrett. then the republicans, massachusetts victory gives the minority party a shot in the arm, but does the gop stand for something more than opposition to the obama agenda. we'll ask senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. the political landscape and the obama agenda, with us e.j. dionne, bbc world news america katty kay, peggy noonan and nbc news white house correspondent chuck todd. in our "meet the press" minute, january 1976, another time of economic turmoil presidential candidate senator lloyd benson offers practical advice to then president gerald ford on his upcoming state of the union address. >> we should be creating opportunity, what the people are looking for in this country is return of self confidence. >>
washington correspondent, norah o'donnell in boston for us. norah, thanks. so what now? is the president's health care bill dead or just barely breathing? senior aides tell us this morning their best hope is the house passing the senate bill as is. nbc's mike viqueira is live in washington this morning. but, mike, that will not be easy. will the house go for that? >> reporter: savannah, i think they're going to have to fight the impulse here at the white house and democratic leadership on the hill. to fight this impulse into retrenchment into partisan dogma. this is, after all, an election year. and with many in the house of representatives, and remember the democratic caucus in the house is dominated by the liberal wing of that caucus. with many of them feeling that the problem here is we have d a disaffected our base, they are disenchanted. the impulse is going to be to go back to the left. they passed health care reform out of the house of representatives by two votes, by just two votes with the help of one republican from louisiana and one member from florida, democratic member robe
the uninvited guest, but a washington area party pro momenter, carlos allen is arriving at the event and allen slipped into the gala by pretending to be part of the official indian delegation. although allen initially denied attending the dinner, his attorney says he was there, but received an invitation. okay. >>> an airport outside los angeles is back up no speed this morning after security scare yesterday shut down the terminal for hours. several containers filled with an amber liquid turned out to be honey. jars of honey. just as the owner had tried to tell them. and officials at nuke liberty airport says a camera system was not fully working when a man passed through a checkpoint. the tsa had to request assistance from continental airlines to confirm the man left the airport. >> the tsa is on a cell phone, and instead of looking at the vitdos, they were actually watching boise state. >> that was a good game, though. >> that was a good game. i'm seeing texas christian looks like they are going to win. >> tough call. >>> a new study raising more doubts about the effectiveness of anti-depres
to "morning joe," live from washington. quite a weekend. and quite -- quite a show today. we have on set with us pat buchanan and jonathan capehart, and new york, very interesting. i always have this guy on, because he has a negro dialect, and it serves him well. >> joe, joe! >> for the most part, he is a light- skinned engine ened germ find that light-skinned germans can hold down television shows better. viewers, we speak of tv's own willie geist. >> depending on my audience, i can go like full honky or dial it down a little bit. i can go either way, either way. >> seriously, willie. i don't know if harry reid was channeling the 1970s movie "mandingo." i don't know if he was a member of a southern country club in the1950s, but this guy lives on a planet far different -- seriously, negro dialect? >> to put it delicately, he comes from a different time. >> i think that's the issue. >> he's majority leader of the united states senate. >> i know, i know. guess what? our government is made up of people from all races and sexes. >> and people should evolve in their thinking and their termino
, it's not a reset, it's not a shake up, washington, calm down. and you know they were working the phones all weekend at the white house to make sure that ben bernanke is reconfirmed as federal reserve chair. aides tell us they're confident now they have weathered the storm at this point. >> they needed the weekend badly. if that vote was friday, i don't know if bernanke would have gotten confirmed. >> so much about the anger about the lingering crisis in the economy has been directed as bernanke. it looked as if for a moment that the confirmation was in jeopardy. >> that's a huge worry for the white house. top aides fear that a rejection of bernanke would send the markets into chaos. judd gregg serves on the banking committee. he supports bernanke and is playing point. senator gregg, is it fair to say that friday was bernanke's worst day in the senate and things after the weekend have calmed down? >> i don't know. i think there was a bit of exaggeration. these type of stories take on their own energy out there. my view is that chairman bernanke's always had a pretty solid vote
of people in need. we'll cover that at the top of the newscast. with us in washington, d.c., pat buchanan, margaret carlson. in new york, mike barnicle. >> an interesting war heating up between one of america's largest and most powerful corporations and china. google is threatening to exit china. on the front page of "the wall street journal" and we'll talk a good bit about conan o'brien and jay leno. late night wars that heat up. >>> first, let's go to news, mika. and certainly have lots to talk about in haiti and beyond. >>> breaking news from haiti. because it is day break, revealing a picture of complete devastation this morning after haiti's capital was all but destroyed in the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in more than 200 years. the magnitude 7.0 quake was centered just ten miles from port-au-prince, an impoverished city of almost 2 million people. the extent of the damage and death toll is just coming to light. tens of thousands homeless and power and communication systems remain cut off. the exact number of victims is not clear. humanitarian workers are bracing for t
controlled washington. rick klein lass the details. >> reporter: good morning, this one was never supposed to be close. but republicans within striking diance of taking ted kennedy's old senate seat, that has republicans thrilled and democrats scrambling to hold on. >> while no one can replace him, i need your help to follow in his huge footsteps. >> reporter: democrat martha coakley is relying on big political gun. a call to arms for the democratic base while republican scott brown is pitching himself as 9 ultate one-party check on the rule in washington. >> we can send an important messe to washington that business as usual is not how we want to do it. >> reporter: at stake is the democratic party 60-seat place in the senate. a loss would be a severe setback to virtually all of the legislature's efforts. it would sends a huge warning signal about the limits of the president's political poll and the downside of the health care bill. independent voters will be critical on election day, republican brown is expecting to win them but by how much? and how much will show up for the election wit
blaming the d.n.c. and the key democrats in washington for being late to the game and taking her race for granted. six week ago, she was up by 30 points. >> axelrod responded and said look, we did everything we were asked to do but her campaign sent out that particular memo and it showed that apparently they had been supplying the democrats with polling data from massachusetts since early december and it asked for money and stuff like that. it simply didn't come. also, somebody else they're blaming -- the underwear bomber because they are saying that -- some senior officials at the white house, aides, have said, you know, we were concentrating on fighting terrorism, all of us, at the time scott brown launched his first tv ads and that's, perhaps, why we were caught a little flatfooted. the underwear bomber. >> a lot of the blame will go a lot of ways today. maybe some people should look in the mirror. anyway, scott brown's victory changing the momentum on capitol hill. the win gives senate republicans one extra member on their side. caroline schively joins us from washington with that
'll take on the road to florida today. >>> but is washington ready to change? we'll ask house republican whip eric cantor. he'll be with us live in studio. >>> it's yan 28th, 2010. let's get right to the rundown. the speech was an economic speech, chuck. less than ten minutes spent on foreign policy. it seemed to be written for the great middle independents. >> absolutely. let's go through the policy. on jobs the president called on the senate to pass a jobs bill pretty quickly with tax breaks for small businesses. on the deficit, that three-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending. on education. a proposal to boost spending by as much as $4 billion. and then the president of course called on congress to repeal "don't ask don't tell." but not a lot of policy. that wasn't a policy speech. >> it really wasn't. i think that's probably typical of states of the union. it is a lot of theater. there was some suspense about whether he would use that age-old formulation, "the state of the union is strong." here's how he handled it. >> despite our hardships, our union is strong. we do no
. >> a lot of democrats in washington wished she were the candidate and not martha coakley. the wild card today, the weather. the snow and freezing temperatures are in the forecast for most of massachusetts today. let's bring in nbc meteorologist bill karins to tell us exactly what the forecast is going to look like when folks come home from work today as well and decide if they have time to vote. >> this is going to be interesting, how it affects the actual election voting and turn out today. we have light snow covering most of the state. the worst of it today will be interstate 90 northwards. this is a look at interstate 90 and route 3 right now. we're already looking at heavy traffic. roads are, for the most part, wet, but you can see, it's not a pretty day out there in much of the bay state. the forecast does call for temperatures to go above freezing. the roads should be okay. we're calling for 1 to 2 inches of snow north of the turnpike. kind of the bottom line is people, it's going to take longer to get to work today. it's also going to take longer to get home. that's a little extr
influence of special interests in the decision-making here, in washington -- but this -- this is central to that. if you're going to deliver a message on the state of the union, one of the things you have to address how do we get -- how do we free our government from the grips of special interests. we, for example, proposed that every lobbyist disclose who they have contact with, whether it's in the administration or congress on behalf of their clients. we have to take some steps to protect our government, our democracy from the overweening influence of special interests. >> still don't have an answer if it was appropriate. >> i think it was appropriate. >> and alito's response. >> in this weird political season we are accustomed to unusual outbursts in the chamber during these speeches. >> final question. is the country better off than a year ago? >> look, until -- obviously in some ways the answer is yes. a year ago we were losing 700,000 jobs a month. when the president took office. our economy was shrinking at a rate of 6.4%. last friday we learned it's growing now at a rate of 6%. t
years. the president needs to rein in spending according to some. giving washington democrats unprecedented spending binge, it is like washington going on a diet after winning a pie eating contest. >> it looks like we will have another huge deficit this year as in last year. >> most indications seem to post -- . towards red ink. -- point toward red beak. >> many are plunging to raise money for the special olympics in maryland. this person is going to great lengths to show support for maryland families. their daughter suffers from down's syndrome. not even one year old, she lost her life before thanksgiving. they started raising money for the plunge in june. they are honoring the memory of their daughter. >> i never would have thought somebody who does not know me cares that much about my daughter. >> the $1,000 donations -- you can join him in joe flacco at the plunge at the bay. enif you know someone taking the plunge, and you can tax them words of encouragement to 8859. we will run those messages at the bottom of the screen during ever coverage beginning saturday morning at
knows it. there's some weird tension in the hallways. "morning joe" live from washington starts right now. ♪ ♪ oh you're the best friend >> harry reid is a friend of mine. he has been a stalwart champion of voting rights, civil rights. this is a good man who has always been on the right side of history. for him to have used some inartful language in trying to praise me and for people to try to make hay out of that makes absolutely no sense. >> okay. >> that makes no sense at all. nothing to see here because people talk that way all the time. if republicans talk that way, i am just dead certain he'd say the same exact thing. >> the president is saying move on. it was about him. i think he can chime in. welcome, everyone, to "morning joe." >> i'll buy that. >> you will? >> no. no. you know what, though? he needs to pass health care. >> and move on? >> that's very important. so they'll pass health care, then perhaps harry will be asked to go back to searchlight, nevada, or wherever he's from. >> well, we'll see how his election goes. it is tus, january 12th. and on the set with us to
's on the table in washington. because of the lack of -- and, again, it's not because of the lack of voter in at the ele er . it is because it hadn't been explained adequately enough when people are more worried about their ticket, their job. >> and i was moved by the fact that scott brown mentioned teddy kennedy. i knew at the same time that he would be upsetting some of the people in his base that voted against teddy kennedy every opportunity they had, and it just struck me that tonight, or last night he was riding high, just like barack obama was a year ago this is where it gets tough for a republican in massachusetts. just like it got tough for barack obama, just like scott brown, he was an agent of change. >> you know, before we go to this. your take on that is really interesting. my take was similar to your take. listen to scott brown listen to teddy kennedy. what's going through my mind is scott brown spoke more at length and more glowingly of ted kennedy than martha coakley did on the stump during her campaign. >> your right. >> unbelievable. >> and last night, very telling that th
obama is on his way back to washington for a full agenda to begin his post-holiday week. >> topping it is terrorism, and we have several reports this morning, sonia gallego in london, but viviana hurtado with new security rules. >> designed to focus on those who pose the largest threat. >> reporter: at another sign at the nation's airports, travelers were delayed sunday evening for at least two hours at the airport after a man walked the wrong way in a security exit. >> the public just has no confidence anymore in the ability of government to provide a safe environment which avelers can fly. >> reporter: there will be extra screening for passengers with passports from or who have traveled from nations that the u.s. sees suspect such as yemen. the a additional screening also for those who fly from what the government decide are like tehran. >> i suspect they will broaden the definitions. >> reporter: but critics say these heightened security measures still won't detect the bomb materials such as sewn into the underwear of umar farouk abdulmutallab. the system failed but insists an ob
of that generally pushing to the south. kind of falling apart as it gets into the washington area. a chance for some snow showers, a few snow flurries in today's forecast. we are not expecting any widespread accumulation. temperatures are cool. 29 at reagan national. 28 in baltimore. our high temperatures today will be in the upper 30s in a couple of spots. maybe i daresay 40 in places liked from rickburg. ments a possibility we could see 40. don't get used to it. we have colder weather on the way. it will be breezy as well. mid-30s by noon. >> event upper 30s sound pretty good. >> and tony will be right in. he is putting the final touches on the forecast. >> let's check in with julie wright and say good morning to her. >> i did see a few snow flurries out in gaithersburg when i hit the roads this morning. lanes are open along 270. overnight construction we were dealing with near 118 in germantown has cleared. no incidents to report if you are traveling the top stretch of the beltway leaving college park through silver spring. lanes are open coming across the american legion bridge both on the utter
washington with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, a similar plan was shot down by congress just last month, but today the president will try to win points with the gop. president obama will roll out his new plan today aimed at getting small businesses to start hiring again. >> the true engines of job creation here in america are america's businesses. >> reporter: a day after reconnecting with americans in florida, he'll tour a small business in baltimore and offer more details about the proposal. it's estimated that $33 billion program would help 1 million businesses. it would include a $5,000 tax credit for every new employee hired this year. the amount will be capped at $500,000 per firm to make sure small companies get the benefits. businesses that increase wages or hours for their existing employees would be reimbursed for the have a social security payroll taxes they would pay. the president wants to pay for the plan with the savings from the $700 billion wall street bailout, but that will be up to congress. the president will have a chance to sell his prop
on christmas. but first, mr. obama meets with his top security officials. whit johnson is in washington with details. whit, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, this meeting is really a first step to improving communication in the intelligence community. the president is mostly focused on two areas, the u.s. terror watch list and airline screening. president obama plans to layout new steps today aimed at keeping the skies safe. he'll make the public statement after his big security meeting with officials this afternoon. they'll discuss how a nigerian man allegedly came so close to blowing up a u.s. jetliner and more importantly how to avoid another attack. >> with the terrorist on the plane coming in to detroit, we are not satisfied. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton will be just one of the 20 agency heads at today's briefing. on monday, she vow order to close any gaps in the nation's security net. >> we're looking to see whether those procedures need to be changed, upgraded. >> reporter: some changes are already under way. the government has added dozens of name
are they making contingency plans? get this. one of the things they are talking about in washington, taking the senate bill, passing it as is in the house, which means it could go straight to the president's desk for signature and work out the details later. >> norah o'donnell. >> stay there, norah, we'll be getting back to you. i'm surprised. first of all, cliff from "cheers," but curt schilling, how do you get a yankees fan to boston? let's play martha coakley talking about -- head democrats say she's probably the most clueless -- this is a democrat. so, please, bloggers, put down the cheetos, don't attack me. democrats saying she is the most clueless candidate they have ever seen in their life. this is her talking about curt schilling, the yankee. >> the iconic figure, curt schilling. anybody who has suffered with the red sox. hold on -- hold on. one of the most iconic movements of the last century of the boston red sox is curt schilling's bloody sock. >> it's not like they are talking about coco crisp. they are talking about curt schilling. >> for those in new york who don't quite get i
and the potential for an historic upset. msnbc chief washington correspondent norah o'donnell in boston this morning, better known as the cheers bar. you look a lot warmer this morning, norah. give us a sense of -- polls open in an hour. what do things look like now? >> reporter: well, democrats are bracing for a devastating defeat that could hand the republican party 41 votes in the senate and perhaps kill barack obama's health care reform. so they are worried. they are trying to do everything they can at the last moment to try and pull out this race with a get-out-the-vote operation with all the democratic mayors and local polls trying to sort of get out the vote this very -- you know, today when the polls open at 7:00, they close at 8:00 tonight. it's going to be tough. there's already finger pointing about what went wrong during this campaign, whether martha coakley was a bad candidate, whether democrats were asleep at the wheel, whether they didn't recognize the anger and anxiety out there in this country, or that scott brown was a good candidate who was running a stealth campaign with a couple
. >> good morning, washington. it is a cold morning out there. looking at doppler, look at the temperatures around the region. 18 degrees on the eastern shore. 17 in baltimore. at washington national airport, 20 degrees right now. you factor winds, we have wind chills in the single digits. let's show you the forecast for today. plenty of sunshine out there. we will be warm at midday, if you can call it that, to about 30 degrees. maybe 32 to 35 the high. sunny, breezy, and chilly out there. and our cold time is going to continue right into tuesday and into wednesday when we finally start to see some moderation. we will see temperatures rising to 45 by thursday. just a little snow shower activity into thursday. enjoy your sunday, and thank you for watching. have you gotten your seasonal flu vaccination? great - but your work's not done yet. we still need to get the h1n1 flu vaccination. you, me -- we should all get one. the vaccine is safe and proven effective against this highly contagious new strain of flu virus. we can help prevent the spread of this virus if we aljust roll up our sleeves.
are saying it's time for washington to do it, it will be -- it could be a fierce, fierce election campaign ahead come november. don. >> here's the interesting thing. you know, the midterms, it's going to be interesting, it's a referendum on the obama campaign. lots of blame to go around. some people are saying martha coakley thought she was going to win it so she didn't go out and campaign as hard so some are saying it's apathy on the part of voters. really the republicans got revved up even outside massachusetts donating some $12 million into scott brown's campaign. so really how much of this is the democratic party's own fault because they didn't get the same amount of support outside of massachusetts behind martha coakley? >> reporter: the lesson here is that the angry voters are the ones who are turning out to vote, which is what one of the key players in the coakley campaign said last night. scott brown was able to tap into it. he was able to tap into that anger. when i talk to democrats, they say the course correction democrats need is not necessarily a policy change but a communicat
, democrats' rough year just beginning. "the washington post" reports even the most optimist democrats are saying this is going to be a very, very rough year. >>> up next, after three top democrats announce their retirements, a long-time republican senator may be in the fight of his political life. his initials? john mccain. those aren't initials. >> we have to go to break, but here is the question we need to talk about today. >> yes. >> if you're the president, if you're the democrat, have yyou 0 votes now, a majority in the house, you know that will go away, no matter what. in 2010, do you go for it all? do you throw the hail mary, knowing you are going to lose more seats, or do you not go for too much and try and hold as many seats as you can? >> we'll talk about it in the political playbook. and a story making front page news this morning. that when we come back. first, here is bill karins with a check on the forecast. bill. >> thank you, mika. we're watching this huge storm in the middle of the country. one of the worst travel days in a long time in the midwest. no problems in the
attack on terrorism, amanda carpenter who writes the hot button column for "the washington times," anne kornblut from "the washington post." and margaret carlson, chief political columnist for bloomberg news. did the white house get what it wanted in that there was so much media focus in the buck stops here. >> they got more of what they wanted than they did the previous week. i was on the trip to hawaii with him. they got more of what they wanted then which is him in the spotlight, a short sound bite that everyone can repeat, and a sense that he's actually taking charge. now, the question of whether it's actually going to lead to any consequences for anyone, we'll be debating that for weeks, months, but for the short term i think they did get what they wanted this week mp. >> amanda carpenter, was the press seduced by a scripted sound bite? >> in a way i think so. if you look at the walk up to this, general james jones told "usa today" you will be shocked with what's coming out in this report. that whetted the appetite. then the next day the white house gave background statements to th
start in the washington area. a check of live doppler shows the rain moving on in. it's raining hard across much of central virginia. don't expect much improvement from mother nature during the course of your sunday. temperatures right now, in the upper 30s to nosing in on 40 degrees, down toward springfield and triangle. temperatures are going to move very little during the course of the day today. could get between three quarters of an inch >>> now here's jenna. >> all right, janice, thank you. >>> families of the lynn university students still missing in haiti plea for help to find their loved ones. we'll talk with them right after these messages. a diamond-infused sensation. touch of sparkle cream oil body wash from nivea. touch and be touched. wow, that's a low price! i think i'll get him a cart. wow! [ male announcer ] staples has low prices on everything you need for your office. staples. that was easy. love to see kids' spirits shine. superstar and mom, martina mcbride and sunnyd on everything you need for your office. shine on sunny taste. sunny spirit. sunny d. >>> yesterda
around and see the supreme court stop change at the door and let federal institutions run washington. and voters were mad before, they are really going to be upset now. >> john heilemann, there was a story you told the other night when we were at "time" doing the "game change" roundtable. brrr accident o barack obama made so much money -- had so much money he raised from a lot of wall street guys, a lot of hedge fund people, a lot of oil company people, that they had this room where they just made up thousands of ads that they knew they were never going to use, but they did it just to test market. i mean, in virginia, northern virginia, a couple of weekends, obama outspent mccain 200-1 in 30-second spots. obama raised more money than anybody else and now he's trying to hold this populist mantel over him. i don't know how easy that will be if americans know the facts. >> i think that democrats need to confront it in general. the democratic party has over the last 20 years and obama is the culmination of the trend, has become the big money party. i mean, if you travel around new york c
on the campaign trail? >> yeah, and i think he set the right tone in making the issue to democrats in washington. it doesn't go far enough. the congress in the united states has become a disgrace. it doesn't deal with the problems in the country. watching the state of the union and watching the camera pan across the room and looking, the average age of members of the u.s. senate is now 62. 56 or 57 for the house. that place is no more representative of this country. it is a bubble. it is worse than gridlock. it is self-interest. it is geographical interest. not about the common good. obama has been rolled by them. he thought he could charm them. he tried again. this time using a little bit of shame. but the great interest in this country ought to be the congress of the united states, republicans and democrats, and finding a mechanism to structurally reform it, and throw most of them or all of them out of there and start over. >> the president going on the campaign trail, is it a good move or style over substance? >> i think a lot of it is style over substance. i think obama says he failed to com
in washington so we have to change the culture here. that's not something that's easy, it's not something that's going to happen overnight but certainly they have every reason to be frustrated. >> meantime, what's happened to the president's legislative initiative? is that signature piece of legislation, the health care bill that they brought to the doorstep to the 11th hour. then finally the wheels come off the wagon after that massachusetts election. the prospects dimming by the day. mitch mcconnell is the republican leader of the senate. here's what he said on "meet the press" about the health care bill. >> the people are telling us please don't pass this bill. now if they get past this arrogant phase that they've been stuck in nor about a year that "we know best," "we don't want to listen to public opinion, we want to "make history," if they can work their way past that and concentrate on the real problem which is the cost, we'll be able to look at it but i think we should be concentrating on the economy. >> reporter: about a third of the senate is up for re-election in november. we'll lik
>> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. this is breaking news. >> breaking news. montgomery county police say two metro workers were struck and killed near the rockville station. >> we do have a crew on the scene. we will have a live report coming up. more tragedy for metro. we want to switch gears. your traffic and weather together every 10 minutes. >> let's get right to brian van de graaff with 0 we can expect today. a lot of stars are out there today. >> ♪ the stars at night yesterday we got up to 68 degrees. a slight chance of a sprinkle. temperatures today, mid 40's. yesterday was 68. we will talk to adam coming up in about 10 minutes. we have a chance for some snow friday night into saturday. things should be calm this morning. >> red line disruption near shady grove because of it breaking news. there is going to establish a show boss for anyone who wants to take a good option shuttle bus. 95, 66 are good. it is good in and out of baltimore. now more information on the breaking news. >>> we do have a crew on the way. will have more in a
>> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >>> good morning, washington. 6:00 on this friday. i'm doug mcelway. >> and i'm alison starling. good morning, erybody. happy friday. this has been a complicated forecast. it depends on where you live. >> we will give you some answers. it is downright cold. it is not just the cold. it is the wind chill as well. it feels 5 degrees out here. you need some layers. the cold air is in place. moisture it is coming in our direction. right now, 16 in laurel but it feels like 5. it feels like 6 in the district. it feels like 9 in alexandria. today, increasing clouds. the wind will diminish. we will be near 30. the closest watches are to our south. westmoreland, st. mary's. tickets to more than 5 inches of snow. around the beltway, a traced to around an inch or two. right now, around an inch or so. down to central virginia, that is where they will see most. richmond could see a foot of snow. >> it is a bright spot. 66, nothing on the beltway or the toll road. 95 virginia, there is an accident southbound after the occoquan. tr
they are saying that. they are saying -- >> an interesting piece in "the washington post" yesterday. maybe we'll read that. and really tough op-eds about this white house that is still pushing health care reform as a top priority and that also has everything to do with creating jobs. >> well, that's fascinating that they would still -- >> that's the linkage? too bad. >> and also -- >> if then -- >> as i said to donny deutsch last week, if i walk into your store and i tell you i don't have shoes and you try to sell me pants. >> disconnect the word there? >> i read frank rich yesterday, but first paragraph, he says this wasn't about barack obama's falling popularity, he's still really popular. and this isn't about health care. you just sit there and say do you want to lose? again, we come out here and whether they win or lose next year, we'll come out here, and everybody will be saying the same thing, which is if they don't focus on jobs, they are going to lose. listen, it's not like i'm pushing for this. i'm just saying politically, if they -- if they don't have the message yet, they are just
by, of course, george washington so he's got to rise to the top. >> george washington. okay! that was sarah palin on glenn beck. she picked george washington. time now to talk about what we learned today. i brought my daddy along. daddy, did you learn anything? >> well, i learned that sarah palin believes in collective patri patrimony and paternity. i suspect she's doing some heavy reading these days. she's trying to learn about the world by reading a very interesting book called "going rogue." >> i thought you were going to say "all things at once"! >> that's next in her reading. >> speaking of "all things at once" and not "going rogue," going to be in philadelphia tonight. governor ed rendell will be there introducing joe and me. so join us if you can and thank you very much, dad, for being on the show today. willie geist, what did you learn today? >> speaking of paternity, i learned that your dad must be very proud because you are number 14 on the "new york times" best seller list. this week. congratulations to you, mika, and to you dr. z. for raising a wonderful, wonderf
their kid and moving to washington state. here is michelle with more. >> good morning, alyson, good to talk to you. >> so he is packing up and moving his children to washington state while his wife is missing. how can josh justify this? >> since he was fired from his job, he can't get more work and having trouble making a house payment and he needs to be with his family at this time and so he wants to be able to move his children to washington state to live with his family and to be honest, he has been staying there since before the holidays with his family. his children is there right now. he is back in, taw with a family member and they are planing to pack up the house today. he reached out to his church and friends and in the neighborhood and they will help him so he can move to washington. >> michelle, we showed video of scott peterson. this is reminiscent of when scott peterson sold lacy peterson's car. these are not actions of men who believe that their lives will come back. >> it is odd. i have to say. but i can't. it is also in other cases that you and i worked on, alyson, husbands
two miles off the coast of lebanon. >> in washington this week president obama delivers the first state of the union address of his term. there are strong signs he'll want americans to look ahead and not so much back on his first year in office. 11 news reporter brook hart has the details. >> ahead of president obama's first state of the union address one top aide admits voters haven't seen the change they were promised. >> they have a reason to be frustrated with everybody because we have not delivered yet. we're now in washington. we have to change the culture here. >> the white house is coming off a blistering week. the upset g.o.p. win in massachusetts republicans say shows voter outrage over the president's health care overhaul. >> all across the country, even in the most liberal state in america arguably, massachusetts, the people are telling us, please don't pass this bill. >> the obama team heard a voter call to fix the economy, add jobs. >> not going to stop fighting until we add jobs for everybody. >> analysts skeptical. >> this president doesn't come easy to populism an
a mediocre two-term president. and i believe that. you know, there's a tendency in washington to think that our job description of elected officials is to get re-elected. that's not our job description. and i don't want to look back on my time here and say to myself, all i was concerned about was nurturing my own popularity. >> hey, welcome to "morning joe." we are live from chicago where last night mika and i went to a book event for her book, "all things at once" and had a great crowd out there. very cold in chicago this morning. the talk last night and the talk in washington today is going to be about president obama's state of the union address. and he's, of course, going to be delivering that tomorrow. and we've got a lot to talk about including a spending freeze that predictably has people on the far left angry and the people on the far right angry. and we'll figure out why everybody's so darn angry in a little bit. good morning. it's tuesday, january 26th. and willie, take us around the table up in new york. >> good morning, joe. i know you, too, don't want to get caught up in y
saying he won't run in the fall either. dana bash joins us from washington. what led to senator dodd's decision not to seek re-election? >> reporter: a very, very tough re-election battle ahead, that's really the bottom line on this, john. as you know, senator chris dodd has made the united states senate his life. he's been in the senate for three decades, but he has had a series of very, very tough political battles. in connecticut, starting with the fact that he moved to iowa to run for president with his wife and his two small children, that's when connecticut voters started to turn on him, then the fact that he is the senate banking chairman and obviously wall street went south. there's been a lot of attention paid to the fact that he has close ties with the banking community. so all of those things, combined with the fact that it is just not a good potential year for democrats, made senator dodd decide finally to retire and not run again. >> so what does this mean for democrats in terms of their chances in the 2010 election? do they have a good solid candidate who could replace
times," front payable of "the washington post," the story we talked about yesterday morning on the show. >> yes, richard engel broke it on the show. didn't you call "the new york times" about the cia double agent bomber? >> last week. >> oh, right. well, that's too bad. but that's great that richard got that story together and it's an incredible piece, both front page of "the new york times" and "the washington post" this morning. >> it's a very important story. the cia still reeling from it. >> the president also is demanding a meeting with security officials today. and this is interesting, joe. after agencies did not share information ahead of that attempted plane attack. it comes as the u.s. embassy has reopened in yemen. >> yeah, they've got problems doing that. in local news, let me ask you this and willie. the jets' owner daughter died a real tragedy right after a big one for them. just a game. but that's a sad story. >> very sad story. he's a lovely guy, and he's been active in a lot of charitable work. it's really just heartbreaking. the whole circumstance of her death is really
, san antonio and corpus christi. downpours in washington state from seattle to olympia. sunny and warm in southern california, with gusty winds and morning fog. >> above-normal temperatures in most of the country. around 50 in new york and baltimore. and 76 in miami. 30s in detroit, chicago and the twin cities. it's 26 in fargo. and 47 in billings. 50s from seattle to sacramento. and 72 in phoenix. >>> and when we come back, the fbi's warning about phony charities asking for your money to send to haiti. how to spot a scam. >>> and wall street's bonuse >>> welcome back. barely a year after taxpayers bailed out the financial system, banks are set to pay their people more money than ever. "the wall street journal" reports workers at 38 top firms will earn about $145 billion for last year. that's up 18% from 2008. and slightly more than the record year of 2007. backlash over huge bonuses led president obama on thursday to propose a $90 billion tax on the top 50 financial firms to make up for losses on the bank bailout. >>> shares of intel are set to rise today. and they could take the rest
if not rethink, its agenda. it tara mergener in washington has more. tara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, the white house says this costly loss in massachusetts was the result of voter frustration, with the economy a 10% unemployment rate and health care reform. >> the same thing that swept scott brown into office swept me into office. people are angry and they're frustrated. not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years, but what's happened over the last eight years. >> reporter: for an administration that's had its health care agenda derailed, it's time to refocus on getting the economy back on track. >> clearly financial reform is going to take and play a bigger role in what happens legislatively in the next several months. >> reporter: today's proposal will give the government new powers to limit the size of banks, and control their ability to engage in high risk trades, specifically it will limit what's called proprietary trading. that's when banks trade for their own account, basically making debts on the markets with its own money. financial regul
and human growth or hormone, he said it was foolish and a mistake. whit johnson is in washington with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well, the liz continues to grow, that is the number of major league baseball players now admit to go using steroids. but mark mcgwire is a huge name and he kept the secret from not on you his fan, but his family. he's finally taking a crack at setting the record straight. >> i've let a lot of people down. doesn't feel good. >> reporter: the former st. louis card natural admits using anabolic steroids throughout the 90s, including 1998, the year he br baseball's single season home run record. mcgwire insists he took performance enhancing drugs to overcome injuries, not swing the bat harder. >> i was using steroids thinking it was going to help me. it was brought to my attention that it was going to help me heal faster, make my body feel back to normal. >> reporter: mcgwire says he wanted to get this off his chest in 2005 when he was here testifying before a congressional committee. he says he didn't because he wasn't granted immunity. >> i'm no
sunday shows so maybe you don't have to. joining me now in washington where you can only find them right here together on "state of the union" james carvel and mary madeline. welcome. congratulations on the saints going to the nfc championships. >> i take back everything i ever said about reggie bush. i really apologize reggie, you were great yesterday. >>> i want to start on a serious note. i'll hold up the front page of the papers, "the new york times" this morning, every newspaper across the country dealing with haiti crisis. officials strain to dibt aid to haiti. that's the take in "the new york times." you saw the two former presidents, bill clinton and george w. bush coming together to raise money for this cause, reprise of what bill clinton and george h.w. bush did after the tsunami in south asia. we'll get to politics in a moment. assess the moment, two people who moved back to new orleans after katrina to make a statement of your own. >> one thing i want to say is the sense that katrina hit new orleans, when katrina happened, there was a lot of attention and a lot of things and
.s. military personnel have arrived. whit johnson is in washington with details. whit, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. haiti is facing extreme monumental challenges right now. people are growing even more anxious as they wait for help and critical rescue hours are disappearing. residents of haiti are growing more desperate by the day. >> look at us. we don't have nothing. we don't have nothing. nobody ain't doing nothing. >> reporter: a lack of basic necessities like food and water has driven some to violence. looters armed with machetes tore through the streets of port-au-prince thursday grabbing whatever they could. one-third of the population is now homeless, portioned to left on the streets where bodies are also piling up. the red cross stemts that as many as 50,000 people were killed in tuesday's devastating earthquake and officials warn that number could grow much higher if the injured don't get help soon. emergency supplies are trickling in, but very slowly. the country's airport has only one working runway, and many roads are covered with debris. president obama is
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